Maple Knoll Village


Aromatherapy Oils Dispersed at Maple Knoll Memory Dementia Support Unit

Residents living in Pathways, a memory and dementia support unit within Maple Knoll Communities use aromatherapy to help ease their everyday lives.

With grants from The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, an organization that provides financial aid to charities concentrated in the Ohio and Michigan area, aromatherapy essential oils are now being dispersed in the common area of the Pathways Memory Support Unit. A small nebulizer releases them intermittently during designated times throughout the weekday.

In March, the first step of the aromatherapy process began by dispersing lavender and pink grapefruit essential oils. Studies show that aromatherapy with lavender oil can help reduce agitation for aging patients who experience agitation and irritability due to dementia. It also can help stabilize the mood, reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system while helping improve concentration.

Pink grapefruit can be extremely helpful in easing tension from daily stress. It can also uplift emotions and balance a depleted central nervous system.

Aromatherapy and essential oils are beneficial to Pathways residents. The brain establishes a strong connection between certain smells, triggering emotions and memories, responding to it in a predictable way.

Plans exist for offering additional therapeutic oils, custom blends and various modalities in the future.

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